Project Kilimanjaro is one of our overseas hospital work experience options which is a residential course designed for students looking to gain an insight into an overseas healthcare system. There is also a key volunteering element, where all students spend at least one day per week volunteering with local charities and community organisations.
Students complete a minimum of 25 hours of hospital work experience, shadowing experienced doctors and healthcare professionals across a number of different hospital departments. Our local hospital partnerships mean that students gain a fantastic overview of healthcare in hospitals – with students splitting their time between outpatient clinics, operating theatres and inpatient wards.
Students also have the chance to spend a day giving something back to the local community through our outreach programmes, spending time teaching young children or visiting local women living with HIV.
All students stay in our own Medical Projects accommodation, where they can relax each evening and discuss the latest medical cases and their university applications with fellow students. We recommend students join us for at least two weeks in Kilimanjaro, but the project can be booked in 1-4 week experiences depending on personal preference.
This Course Is Suitable For
This course is for students aged 16+ looking for overseas hospital work experience combined with a cultural learning experience. We accept students interested in gaining experience in pre-medicine, pre-midwifery, pre-nursing and pre-dentistry, and we can tailor the course to each student’s individual career aspirations.
This Course Includes
✓ A minimum of 25 hours overseas hospital experience per week
✓ Shadowing experienced Consultants, Doctors and Healthcare Professionals
✓ Weekly language classes
✓ Mock multiple mini interviews (MMIs) conducted by experienced interviewers with feedback
✓ A minimum of one day volunteering in the local community
✓ 24/7 staff from UK office on project with students
✓ Accommodation, breakfast and dinner
Course Learning Outcomes
Gain medical work experience required for the UCAS application
Insight into a different country’s healthcare system
Understand a range of medical treatments for common medical conditions
Be able to reflect on your own performance within a teamwork role and independently
Spend time in a variety of different healthcare settings including clinics, wards and surgical theatres
Spend at least one full day volunteering
Gain an understanding of the challenges faced by people living below the poverty line
Understand the role of education in a developing economy
Develop an appreciation of a different culture and country
Join a weekend safari and spot some of Africa’s world-famous big five
We hire private accommodation for all of our students. Staff and students share single-gender dormitory style rooms with private bathrooms.
Our accommodation is owned and managed by our local Kilimanjaro team, who are always on hand to solve any issues, and provide local advice and tips. Our house is in a quiet, residential area, and is set within a walled garden with gates for added peace of mind.
All students are met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by a member of the Medical Projects team. All in-country transport is provided using our tried and tested transport partners and drivers.
Food & Drink
A continental breakfast is provided each morning at the accommodation before heading to the hospital. Breakfast will vary a little from day to day but generally includes toast, jam and spreads, fruit, local Tanzanian specialities, and eggs.
Lunch is usually taken in the town centre where there are a variety of cafes and local restaurants serving both international and Tanzanian cuisine.
Dinner is provided each evening at our accommodation. Meals vary each night but include a mixture of Tanzanian dishes and international food. We are very happy to cater for all dietary requirements with notice.
Our staff are present at the hospital during all shadowing placements, and also accompany students to all afternoon and weekend activities.
All students are also provided with emergency contact cards before they travel so that they can get hold of our local team 24 hours a day!
Staff also stay at the same accommodation and we always have a female member of staff on duty at night.
Although delivering an amazing learning experience is our main focus, we also understand students want to socialise and explore in their free time. Our team have a variety of excursions and socials to ensure students make the most of their time in Kilimanjaro. These include a tour of the local towns, visits to the local Maasai markets, orphanage and volunteering visits, natural waterfall visits, local food markets, restaurants trips and student socials.
One of the most popular elements of our Kilimanjaro course is the local community volunteering. Students take part in small groups of 3-4 during the week, accompanied by a member of staff. The volunteering is based in villages around the town of Usa River, and is split into three main parts. Students can visit a local children’s home to play with the children and teach them some basic English, or help plant food in the kitchen garden behind the house.
The students then visit the houses of 4-5 local women living with HIV. The women are often very poor as they are unable to work due to illness, or have been abandoned by family members. Our local charity partner visits up to 50 women a week to provide support, donate food, and help to clean their houses or fetch water. Students will join these outreach visits and meet the women the organisation is helping.
Students then visit a local charity-funded primary school, which provides free education to nearly 200 local children. Students will spend time with the children and help serve lunch to the entire school.
For those students who are joining us for two weeks or more, there is the option to join a safari during the weekend. We organise a day trip to the Tarangire National Park, where students will have the chance to see elephants, giraffe, buffalo, wild boar, flamingos, monkeys and various wildlife.
1 Week Total – £1300
2 Week Total – £1800
3 Week Total – £2300
4 Week Total – £2800
The course fee is paid in two instalments. A £300 deposit is taken to reserve your space and then, the remaining balance is due 90 days before your placement start date.
12th July – 18th July 2020
19th July – 25th July 2020
26th July – 1st August 2020
2nd August – 8th August 2020
2. Visa (50 USD)
3. Work permit (200 USD)
4. Spending money (approx £80 per week)
5. Lunch money (approx £5 per day)
Ready to Join Us?
Great! Simply follow the link below, fill in our application form and secure your place!